September 26, 2011 at 4:03 pm
· Filed under Snacks
Quite a few people enjoy snacking on granola. One artisan food company has taken the concept to the next level, with an innovative snack product.
Granola Snacks offers seven different flavors of granola snacks, blended by hand. The ingredients are made from scratch: the caramel for Caramel Nut Granola and Carrot Cake Granola is homemade, for example. The cinnamon and nutmeg are hand-ground, and the peanuts are roasted in-house.
The result is bite-size chunks of granola—think of a free-form cookie made only of granola and the ingredients that flavor it:
Caramel Nut Granola Snack. The company’s signature flavor shows off the homemade caramel amid almonds, bananas, dates, golden raisins and honey.
Carrot Cake Granola Snack. Carrots, Flame raisins (a large, seedless variety), roasted walnuts and pineapple are spiced with freshly ground cinnamon. The enticing aroma is like a fresh carrot cake.
The first and most popular granola snack flavor: Caramel Nut. Photo by Elvira Kalviste | THE NIBBLE.
Golden Memphis Granola Snack. Calling Elvis Presley fans: This one’s for you. The King’s favorites, banana and peanut butter, are mixed with roasted pecans and peanuts, caramel and a touch of nutmeg.
Hound Dog Mint Granola Snack. This flavor is named for blues legend Hound Dog Taylor. Chocolate mint lovers will appreciate the deep chocolate and real crème de menthe.
Kalua Luau Granola Snack. There’s no Kahlúa coffee liqueur in this coffee-inspired granola, but there is a touch of rum accenting the fresh-ground coffee, semisweet chocolate, almonds, bananas and dates, all mixed with fresh-ground ground nutmeg and drizzled with caramel.
PB&J Granola Snack. The peanut butter and jelly flavors are enhanced with dried cranberries and golden raisins, plus whole Virginia peanuts.
Rocky Road Granola Snack. The depth of chocolate flavor is due to 60% cacao chocolate. Each chunk is sprinkled with marshmallows and chocolate-coated almonds. It’s as satisfying as any candy bar, and can hold its own against a good brownie or chocolate cookie.
For those worried about their teeth, the tasty granola nuggets are a bit on the hard side. But the benefit is that it takes you longer to enjoy each one, so you may enjoy a few less each time you open the bag.
While the ingredients are healthy ones—oats with nuts and fruits—there are 10g of sugar per serving and 1g of fiber. This is a wholesome snack (give or take the butter and brown sugar), but it is not health food. It is, however, a new, tasty world of granola.